Cornelis van Madagascar1
M, #15177, b. circa 1657
|Birth*||Cornelis van Madagascar was born circa 1657 in Madagascar.2|
|Notes||Between 20 April 1692 and 23 July 1713 after the disappearance of the Ridderschap, apparently due to pirate activity around Madagascar the Council of Policy despatched officials on board the recently repaired Tamboer to the island to investigate the matter. To assist the officials they also sent the company owned Malagasy slave interpreter Inserwole van Madagascar otherwise known as Ysserwolle and Cornelis - the latter being his baptismal name. From Madagascar the Tamboer proceeded to Batavia from where Inserwole was returned to the Cape.|
The first Cornelis van Madagascar appears in the record on 8 March 1677 (1676?) when he is sold by Arijaen van Asperen the captain of the Voorhout to Joannes Valckenryck for Rds 87 in a joint transaction.
As far as can be thus far asertained, there were two adult, company owned, Malagasy slaves baptised Cornelis at the Cape on 20 April 1692 and 20 November 1695 - the Malagasy names were not recorded in either instance. They were Cornelis van Madagascar and Cornelis van Madagascar
The census (monsterrol) of 1695 does not include any company owned slaves named Cornelis.
The last record thus far located mentioning a Cornelis van Madagascar is on 23 July 1713 of two slaves Dianira van der Caap and Cornelis van Madegascar owned by Simon van der Stel who baptise their son Johannes Cornelis van der Caep.3,4
|Slave Transactions||Cornelis van Madagascar and Jan van Madagascar were sold by Arijaen van Asperen, to Joannes Valckenryck on 8 March 1677 de Caep de Goede Hoop, for Rds. 87.1,5|
- [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.133. 8.3.1677: Comelis and Jan from Madagascar, sold by Adriaan van Asperen, skipper of the Voorhout, to Jan Valckenrijck for Rds. 87.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
- [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.133. 8.3.1677: Comelis and Jan from Madagascar, sold by Adriaan van Asperen, skipper of the Voorhout, to Jan Valckenrijck for Rds. 87. [DR: I have assumed these were young men based on the selling price of more than Rds 40 each.]
- [S576] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, Letters Despatched 1696-1708, H.C.V. Leibrandt; CD-ROM (Cape Town, South Africa: W.A. Richards & Sons, Government Printers, 1896), p.111. As interpreter we have placed on board a Malagasy slave named Inserwole, baptized here with the name of Cornelis, after being already employed as such in the slave trade with that island.. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope.
- [S721] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, Letters Received 1695-1708, H.C.V. Leibrandt; CD-ROM (Cape Town, South Africa: W.A. Richards & Sons, Government Printers, 1896), pp.220-222. We send you back by the “Nigtevegt” the slave Ysserwolle or Cornelis, given by you to the “Tamboer” to serve as interpreter there.. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope.
- [S607] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Kaapse notariële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (II), Die tweede Dekade 1671-1680", Kronos (Die notariële stukke II) 15 (1999): 8.3.1677 TS I, g.p.
Adriaen van Asperen, skipper van die jag Voorhout, verkoop aan Sr Joan Valkenryck, burgerraad alhier, twee Madagaskarse slawe genaamt Cornelis en Jan vir 87 Rds. [Geteken Arijaen …]. Hereinafter cited as "Die notariële stukke II."